WANT to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays using items from your cupboard?

A woman shared how she made playdough in her slow cooker and it was the “softest and smoothest playdough ever”.

She uploaded a photo during the process and the successful finished result on the Facebook group Slow Cooker Recipe & Tips.

She wrote: “First time making play dough in the slow cooker! Wish me luck.

“Update: softest and smoothest play dough ever! It cooked on high for 55mins, stirring whenever I thought about it.”

To make 1kg of playdough, you need six ingredients: 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup salt, 4 tbsp cream of tartar, 2 cups water, 2 tbsp oil and 1-2 tsp food colouring.

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First you need to combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the water, oil and food colouring.

Then you need to pour the dry ingredients into the slow cooker bowl and then add the wet ingredients and mix to combine thoroughly.

You should then place a tea towel under the lid and cook on high for 45-60mins, stirring often for the first half hour of cooking time, then once or twice for remaining cooking time.

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Your playdough will be ready when it no longer sticks to the sides of your slow cooker.

She advised: “You can test this by taking a small amount out, form into a ball and cool in the freezer for a few minutes. 

“When it's ready this won't stick to your fingers when you handle it. 

“This small test ball can then be returned to the mix.”

Finally, you should remove the complete mix from the slow cooker, knead and place it in a container to cool.

The woman added: “When cool, store in the fridge in your plastic airtight container.

“This makes 1kg of play dough.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 4 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1-2 tsp food colouring

“Vary the colours you use to make various coloured doughs. Add glitter for extra sparkle if desired.”

Many people seemed highly impressed with the recipe and it has racked up thousands of likes.

One person said: “Saving for later! Play dough has been on my to-do list for ages.”

Another added: “This sounds like an awesome way to make play dough.”

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A third commented: “I am a kindy teacher and I swear by this recipe! Every parent and visitor comments on how smooth and soft it is. And it lasts forever!”

However, not everyone was convinced, with one person saying: “Quicker on the stove. Same recipe.”

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